THE DJINN MOVIE REVIEW
The director/writers and child star of a movie we just loved at last year’s Fantastic Fest, “The Boy Behind The Door”, are back with a film they did together that actually precedes that one. “The Djinn” stars Ezra Dewey as Dylan, a mute child who discovers in the new apartment that he and his widowed father have moved into, some of the belongings of the previous tenant who had died in the place. Most notably among his abandoned things, a spell book with a specific incantation to summon a Djinn who will grant your fondest wish…but only after you survive the damn thing trying to kill you for an hour. While Chris, Rae, Robert, and Marcos didn’t find “The Djinn” to be a perfect horror film, they all agreed it’s damn good and actually WOULD be perfect for a teen at just that right age to be scared, but not permanently traumatized by it.
DIRECTED BY: David Charbonier and Justin Powell
STARRING: Ezra Dewey, Rob Brownstein, Tevy Poe, John Erickson, Donald Pitts
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)
You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.
Robert Garza (Screener Squad)
If it weren’t for sad music and scary stories I wouldn’t be as well-adjusted and cheerful as I am today. Moonlighting as a musician off and on since adolescence, I am as big a fan of scores and needle drops as I am of slow zooms, production design, and third act exposition. Just about all of my screen time is spent on international horror, drama, and hour long episodic. Big fan of genre, and the biggest fan of supernatural horror and dark sci-fi with meaningful representation and narratives that use trauma, grief, and grace as more than surface-level content. Also, I read a ton of modern horror novels/comics and stan Matt Berry. In the before times I worked music and film festivals across the US and will hopefully return to that sometime in the future.
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”
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